Beshear declares state of emergency in Kentucky



(The Center Square) – As powerful storms continue to roll across Kentucky on Tuesday afternoon and this evening, Gov. Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency.

Storms produced heavy rain, lightning and tornados Monday evening and Tuesday, leading to reports of property damage and power loss.

“We have reports of substantial damage to a number of structures – and thankfully, as of right now we are not aware of any fatalities,” Beshear said. “We need all Kentuckians to stay weather aware as we brace for more severe weather throughout the afternoon and evening.”

State office buildings closed earlier Tuesday afternoon, and the Kentucky Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort was activated.

Beshear also activated the state’s price gouging laws.

Emergency managers and other emergency personnel, including Kentucky State Police and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, have been deployed to affected areas to assist.

We are thankful for all the first responders and transportation employees who are out there helping to clear roadways and keep Kentuckians safe.”

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